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Bram Stokers Dracula Soundtrack

4.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000028UY
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dracula-The Beginning
2. Vampire Hunters
3. Mina's Photo
4. Lucy's Party
5. The Brides
6. The Storm
7. Love Remembered
8. The Hunt Builds
9. The Hunters Prelude
10. The Green Mist
11. Mina/Dracula
12. The Ring Of Fire
13. Love Eternal
14. Ascension
15. End Credits
16. Love Song For A Vampire - Annie Lennox

Product Description

Dracula ~ Bram Stoker's Dracula: Original

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To be listened to when you are IMAGINING AND SEEING IN - YOUR MIND - the murder of your enemies!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lovely music though but not for romance or peace and quiet!!!!.


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Part of the score's power is that Wojciech Kilar makes no concessions to 20th-century music. When you hit "play," the comfort of the sunlit world is gone. Kilar takes a Philip Glass minimalism and bends it to his own relentless, spooky ends. The music for "Dracula" alternates among three main tactics:
1) Hopeless Dread
In "Dracula - The Beginning," "The Storm," and "The Hunt Builds," there's a steady buildup of voices and instruments dragging you from "Uh oh" to "This is the sound of apocalypse." The use of crescendo and the choir's abandon make it clear something awful is happening at these points in the movie. These pieces have a neo-martial power that makes the heart quicken. Particularly in "The Storm," the horn attack almost sounds like "You're're're DEAD..." As for "The Ring of Fire," there's no structure - just a blend of cackling and wrong notes leading to a moment of pure cold shock.
2) Elegant Dischord
"Lucy's Party" and "The Brides" seem nice and flowery at first, but after about ten seconds you can tell that something's wrong. There are off-key notes and melodies that don't blend with the strings; it's a melodic signature for Dracula's presence in the story.
3) Disarming Beauty
The brutality of "The Storm" leaves you stunned and vulnerable to "Love Remembered." No wrath, no sucker-punch climax...just a sad and beautiful song. This approach, also used in "Love Eternal" and "Ascension," reminds us that the only reason Vlad became Dracula was the hope of being reunited with his wife.
Annie Lennox's tacked-on "Love Song for A Vampire" is a nice finale, but it pulls us out of the red-skied decadence made so vivid during Kilar's score. Get this album and Kilar's score for "Death and The Maiden." You'll hear some of the same tricks, and they work just as well.
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Why do I say ouch? Because this score bites!
Prepare yourself for a musical composition like none your auditory sense has ever experienced. Wojceich Kilar (who cares if you cannot pronounce his name!) has scored a... An... No singular adjective can possibly describe it. Let me put it this way - this score will sink its teeth into you (pun intended). And you will do the same in return. The entire score - not including the incongruous "Love Song For A Vampire" - is superb. Kilar completely eschews melodies, relying on a repetitive, minimalistic style. Even with its all too familiar "Mars the Bringer of War" style march, "Vampire Hunters" serves this symphony well. However, it is three particular pieces that tower over the rest.
"Dracula - The Beginning" is a perfect prologue, building from eerie, relentless, stringent notes, climaxing in a crescendo of blaring brass (in the film, this signified Dracula's rejection of God and his embracing of Satan). While this works well with the film, the entire score is better, more haunting, more nightmarish on its own. No greater example than in "The Storm". It begins with a soft - albeit quite mysterious - plucking of harp strings, tarrying until it has reached the faintest, gentlest note - piercing brass curtly disrupts this lull. After an unnerving passage of music, brass once again busts through the door, leading to repetitive, stentorian phrases accompanied by kettle drum and an otherworldly chorale arrangement. After electrifying blasts of brass, the chorus begins an ethereal chant of ascending and descending utterances - this particular section left me awe-struck. The piece appropriately ends with the gothic sounds of a cathedral organ.
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Kilar's score for the pathetic Bram Stoker's Dracula is undoubtedly the best element of the film. Also, Kilar has managed to compose the best soundtrack ever heard in a Dracula film, much better than the mediocre John William's music for the 1979, Badham film. One of the reasons of the excellence of Kilar's music is that it contains perhaps the best and most amazing use (together with the equally masterful Ed Tomney's music for Dracula Rising)of choirs and chants ever heard in a vampire film. Let's accept that. A vampire score is not the same without choirs and chants. They seem to be a compulsory ingredient in the music of the undead, since it adds a sort of macabre, sinister and apocalyptic feeling to the music. Perhaps one of the best examples of this can be found in the first track of this score, The Beginning, and, of course, in what I think is the best track of the score, the amazing The Storm. THIS IS MUSIC OF THE UNDEAD!!!What a pity that Coppola and Hart decided to violate the spirit of the character and made him a pathetic and tragic lover who has nothing to do with the real Dracula of the book. But we all know by now that Coppola's film has little to do with the book, and that, despite its tricky tag line, it is one of the less faithful adaptations of Stoker's masterpiece. Obviously, this affects the music as well, which contains some themes, like Love Remembered and Dracula and Mina, that affect negatively the sinister mood conveyed in the first tracks. But apart from the mediocre and awful love theme (Dracula... in love?????? oh, my God.... is THIS the faithful adaptation Coppola & Co meant it to be????????), the rest of the music is superb and excellent.Read more ›
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